With the console now on sale in certain markets, Sony has confirmed that a PS4 price drop will not take place any time soon, with the next-gen console to take longer to come down in price than the PS3.
While the PS3 had a $599 launch price, within a year the console had come down to $499 in the US. In comparison the PS4 price is currently $399 in the States, £349 in the UK, and Sony has suggested that it will stay that way for a long time to come.
“Our hardware teams have chosen more standardised components to create PlayStation 4 and that's contributing to our launch price of $399 versus $599 for the PS3,”Shuhei Yoshida, Stuidos boss for Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide said in a recent interview.
He added: “Because we're already using more standardised components, the room for costs to come down might actually be slower than when we were starting with cutting edge stuff.”
Although no PS4 price drop is on the horizon, a revelation sure to disappoint many gamers holding out for the Xbox One rival to come down in price, Sony has suggested this move to standardised will help the company make the console more readily available.
“When we need to source components to get more supply to the retailers, that approach definitely helps compared to some cutting edge component that only one manufacturer can produce, like Blu-ray or the Cell processor,” he said. “Those were big bottlenecks. It's much better this time, and that's all great.”
Although Sony has suggested it will be easier to manufacture the PS4 than its predecessor, certain retailers have confirmed that pre-Christmas PS4 stock has already sold out.
While the PS4 is now on sale in the US, a PS4 release date will not be held until November 29, seven days after this Friday’s Xbox One launch.
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